WeSAR Wearable based Search and Rescue System

Title: WeSAR Wearable based Search and Rescue System

Funding: Work funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Greek State under project “Wearable based Search And Rescue system” (WeSAR) / EPAnEK (Operational Programme, Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation) /NFRF (National Strategic Reference Framework) 2014-2020

Start date: 31/07/2018

End date: 30/01/2021

Web site: https://www.wesar-project.upatras.gr


The aim of the project is to design and develop a system for identifying and rescuing individuals, especially those belonging to population groups with a particularly high probability of being lost. The central part of the system is a modular “wearable (portable)” device, while the positioning and statusing algorithms of the person carrying the device will play an important role in its effectiveness.

The wearable device will offer the possibility of basic communication with base stations, that can be located many kilometers away from the device’s location. The wearable will use low energy consumption communication and long reach protocols (LoRa, NB-IoT) .The rhythm or the force of the broadcasted data packets will adjust to the special conditions of application, so that battery life can last for days or even weeks. 

The ultimate goal, based on the results of the project, is to create a wearable tag family of various types (clothing, wristband, badges) of low consumption and long range for monitoring and rescue, with dozens of applications in urban or non-urban environment.

The project is funded by Operational Programme “Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship”.